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You need to make an original composition of at least 3.5 minutes in length in piano. This composition must include at least one chromatically altered chord. Be sure and indicate in your essay how the chord was created, and make sure that I can find it in your score (clearly identify the chord). Please write a short essay concerning your approach to the piece and the elements you used from this course. For example, explain the textures you chose and why. Textures: Monophonic Polyphonic Homophonic Heterophonic All of the textures do not need to be used, but identify the type of texture that will be used.

All chords must be labeled correctly using classical music theory methods.

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There are several chromatic alterations throughout the piece. All of them are secondary dominant chords except the C# in measure 8, and the C# in measure 60 when the main theme returns, and the Eb in measure 27 when IV chord (C E G) becomes a iv chord (C Eb G) in the key of G. Secondary dominant chords are found in measures 4, 6, 11, 12, 15, 24, 28, 30, 43, 44, 56, 58, 63, 64, and 67. Measure 12, and measure 64 at the return to the theme is an extra secondary dominant (tertiary dominant?). In the key of C, the V7/V (D7) chord moves to V7/V/V (A7) to the V7/V (D7) to the V (G) resolving to the I (C) chord in measure 13. So A7 D7 A7 G C or V7/V - V7/V/V - V7/V - V - I. This kind of movement follows the circle of fifths but backwards (A D G C). Other chromatic alterations were not counted because the piece modulated, so I left those alterations out of the analysis....

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